Textron Systems Supports F-35 Block IV Upgrades with A2PATS® Simulator

November 28, 2023

Additional Capability Provided Through Modular Design

HUNT VALLEY, MD, NOVEMBER 28, 2023 – Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that it has been awarded a Purchase Order by Lockheed Martin to support Norway Italy Reprogramming Lab (NIRL) Block IV upgrades to support testing of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft capabilities with the A2PATS® systems. The A2PATS, Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator, system was delivered to Eglin Air Force Base in 2019. Valued at approximately $50M, this award supports upgrades to existing NIRL lab equipment including an enhanced frequency range capability and additional interfaces to support simulation and test of Block IV capabilities on the aircraft.

The A2PATS system is an advanced electromagnetic environment simulator incorporating electronic warfare (EW), communications and electronic intelligence capabilities providing performance and flexibility in verifying EW systems. Because of the modular design, customers are able to customize both install and level of support from A2PATS.

“A2PATS is a cutting-edge EW capability with industry-leading extreme fidelity,” said Steve Mensh, Senior Vice President, Electronic Systems. “The system’s capabilities support the Block IV upgrades the F-35 Joint Program Office is making to the aircraft. Textron Systems has proudly continued to expand the support we provide to the F-35 program with the A2PATS and other test and boresight technologies.”

Featuring impactful analytical tools and enhanced test capabilities, A2PATS is an ideal test solution to ensure peak performance and readiness for the customer.



Textron Systems is a world leader in uncrewed air, surface and land products, services and support founded on the combined expertise in our family of brands that includes Textron Systems, Howe & Howe, Lycoming, and ATAC. We harness the unlimited power of teamwork to solve incredible problems across seven specialized domains: air, land, sea, propulsion, weapon systems, electronic systems and test, training & simulation. From product development and manufacturing to training, operations, and support, we integrate and offer ingenious and advanced solutions to support defense, aerospace, and other customer missions. For more information, visit www.textronsystems.com


Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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F-35 is a registered trademark of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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